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How to Clone 1TB HDD/SSD to 512GB SSD

Updated on Nov 30, 2018 by Brithny to Partition Master

How is it possible to clone larger HDD to a smaller SSD, for example, 1TB to 512GB SSD? Here you can get the answer, and EaseUS Partition Master is the only required tool to make it happen.

Can I Clone a 1TB HDD to a 512GB SSD

With the popularity and improved performance of Solid State Drives, an increasing number of people are thinking seriously about upgrading their Hard Disk Drive. Only one problem now bothers the majority, as the disk capacity of traditional HDDs is usually larger than that of SSDs, how do they move all contents from a larger HDD to a smaller SSD?

This is a user asking help on Reddit forum, and he's waiting for a reply.

"I plan on buying a cloning dock to clone a 1TB HDD to a 512GB SSD. Can I do this? Will it keep my windows installation, activation, and all of my other programs and files?"

Concluding from all the comments here, actually, it is possible to clone 1tb to 512gb SSD even though most hard disk cloning software like Macrium Reflect, Clonezilla, Norton and so on only supports to clone from small to large. How do we feel so sure that this is possible then?

It depends on the program you choose to migrate OS, programs, and files. Theoretically, only if the used space on the 1TB HDD is equal or less than the capacity of the target 512GB SSD, you can do it, but one disk clone software is required. It's EaseUS Partition Master, as you may have heard of years ago. But how?

How to Use EaseUS Partition Master to Clone 1TB to 512GB SSD

Again, as long as the data contents took up space less than 512GB on the 1TB HDD, you can use EaseUS's partition magic software to migrate the contents with no trouble, because you can use the software to shrink all partitions on 1TB HDD to their minimum size to fit the new drive. Now learn from the guide to see how to clone larger HDD to smaller SSD.

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 Windows 10 is supported


Step 1: Select the source disk.

Open EaseUS Partition Master. Right-click the disk that you want to copy or clone. Then, select "Clone".

select the disk that you want to copy

Step 2: Select the target disk.

Choose the wanted HDD/SSD as your destination.

choose a suitable destination

Step 3: View the disk layout and edit the target disk partition size. 

You can select "Autofit the disk", "Clone as the source" and "Edit disk layout" to customize your disk layout.

Then click "OK" to continue. (The data on the target disk will be wiped, back up the data in advance.)


Step 4: Execute the operation.

Click the "Execute the operation" option and click "Apply" to start the disk cloning process.